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Chicagoland’s First Certified Passive House | 1430 Jackson River Forest, IL  view map
Come See How A Super Efficient Building Shell Can Make You Cash Flow Positive From Day 1

SIZE: 3,598 square feet

PROJECT TYPE: Single Family New Construction

• Certified Passive House (PHIUS)
• DOE Challenge Home
• Healthy Home Initiative Certified (3rd Party Indoor Air Quality Measured & Certified)


AIR TIGHTNESS: 0.39 ACH @ 50pa

Tom Basset-Dilley
Oak Park, IL
Tom Bassett-Dilley is an Oak-Park based architect, Certified Passive House Consultant, and President of the Passive House Alliance, Chicago Chapter.

Weiss Building and Development LLC
326 Hickory Lane South Elgin, IL 60177
Weiss Building & Development (WBD) is Chicagoland’s leading third party quality / green home builder focusing on third party certified quality homes with emphasis on health, energy efficiency, sustainability, & built to the highest level building science. WBD was the 2012 Northern Illinois HBA Builder of the Year, 2011 Northern Illinois HBA Remodeler of the Year, and has such high level designations as Graduate Master Builder, LEED AP, PHIUS (Passive House) Certified Builder, Master Certified Green Professional, BPI Building Analyst & Envelope Professional, Certified Aging In Place Specialist, and Certified Graduate Remodeler.

Biltmore Insulated Concrete
3649 Leonard Wood East Highland Park, IL 60035-5905
Biltmore Insulated Concrete, Inc. is a specialized company dedicated to ultra energy efficient building shells of ICFs structures. The Biltmore Team recently completed Chicagoland’s first Certified Passive House. Biltmore was hired for the complete building shell enclosure from the concrete footings, three stories of ICFs walls, complete carpentry framing, installation of all windows & doors for the complete sealed building shell. The structure was tested for air tightness with a blower door & achieved 0.39 ACH @ 50 Pascals. Summary, a very tightly built structure. It is this attention to details, energy design, field execution & building science education, which differentiates Biltmore from the rest of the contractors.

Logix Insulated Concrete Forms Ltd.
Logix walls are available in a wide range of escalating R-values and insulation thicknesses. We can help you choose the right Logix wall that is just right for your sustainable and energy-efficient home or building.

Cadmium Interiors, LLC
437 W St James Place, Chicago, IL 60614
773-793-3996, 312-607-5057
Cadmium Interiors is a Full-service Interior Design Service. Kristin Taghon and Jasmin Marie are Interior Designers and artists that value artistic composition and technical knowledge, focusing on designing efficient, functional spaces that will meet the needs and goals of each unique client. Kristin and Jasmin are both Allied ASID Members.
Cadmium Interiors selected most furniture, rugs, second floor built in, paint colors, and window treatments in this home (in progress).


Passive House, Healthy Home – This first-of-a-kind home for Chicagoland sets a high bar for energy efficiency and indoor health: it is the first Certified Passive House in the Chicago region (28th in nation), and the second DOE Challenge Home in Illinois (one of first 20 in nation). Passive House is the most stringent building energy efficiency standard in the world; it requires that the envelope of the home is designed to minimize losses and maximize passive gains, with careful attention to building science and indoor air quality. The result is a super comfortable home with minimal operating costs, great indoor air quality, and far less maintenance requirements than a typical home. With its cost-effective emphasis on the building envelope, Passive design is a good first step toward Net Zero building. While energy efficiency and durability were very important to the clients, so was a very healthy interior. All construction materials, adhesives, caulks, paints, furniture, and other finish goods were screened for their effect on indoor air quality. More importantly, third-party indoor air quality lab testing was conducted post construction, and testing will continue through the first year of occupancy. This home will serve as a case study and will feed data to a new certification program, the Healthy Home Initiative, currently in its pilot phase.

This home won the 2013 USGBC Emerald Award for Home Innovation.

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